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Engineering Advanced Diploma at Derby College

Course description

This Diploma is a vocationally related qualification (VRQ) and has been developed by EAL as a response to the demands of the engineering industry.  The qualification is recognised as the technical certificate for the Advanced Modern Apprenticeship.

Course content

  • Health and Safety
  • Working Efficiently and Effectively

Fabrication Pathway Options

  • Engineering Principles (Fabrication)
  • MMA Welding
  • MIG Welding
  • TIG Welding
  • Sheet-metal Fabrication

Mechanical Pathway Options

  • Engineering Principles (Mechanical)
  • CNC Machining
  • CAD
  • Inspection and Quality (Measurement)
  • Advanced Milling
  • Advanced Turning

Maintenance Pathway Options

  • Engineering Principles (Maintenance)
  • Maintenance of Mechanical Systems
  • Programmable Logic Controls
  • Electrical/Electronic Maintenance
  • Hydraulics / Pneumatics
  • Electrical Systems

You will also develop your skills in Maths and English which will support your main programme of study, help your future progression and enhance your life skills.

Entry requirements

Offers of a place on the course are dependent on qualifications (D or above at GCSE level) and practical aptitude following a successful interview and initial assessment. Parents, guardians or carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment.


Internal and external assessments will take place.  In addition, a portfolio of evidence is collected to demonstrate your competence and knowledge.

Financial information

You need overalls and boots for workshop activity. Learners may be expected to purchase Academy uniforms (supplied internally).

Future opportunities

You can progress to the NVQ Level 3/4 in your chosen discipline, an advanced or higher apprenticeship or other appropriate educational courses such as the Subsidiary Diploma which provides access to higher education (Foundation Degree).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 29 January 2016

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    • The Roundhouse houses our Engineering Academy, a state-ofthe- art facility that equips learners with skills to meet the needsof our large employers and their supply chains.

      The campus also includes the Hudson Building, home to our Construction Academy, which supports the demand for trained and qualified construction professionals. The nearby Johnson Building provides superb resources for learners wishing to pursue a career in the motor vehicle sector and acts as a hub for much of our partnership work with employers